My blue and white family room reveal is finally here. Yeah, the one I started way back in May 2020 in hopes of being done in 6 weeks for the Spring One Room Challenge. The one I was afraid of style because the world was shut down and there was no place to shop for décor except online. Yeah, that family room.
Blue and White Family Room Plan
Here was my very loose original plan:
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When I tell you, I am HAPPY with this room, it might be a bit of an understatement. My goal was to take my comfort glam style and create a relaxing, but fun environment for my family of three. I wanted a little bit of luxe, some glam, and enough blue to keep things masculine for my husband and son.
I wanted the curtains to be the star of the show. They are the first thing you see when you enter the room and they are show-stopping. The pattern and weight of these beauties create all the drama I was looking for. I added sheers to hide the ugly vertical blinds.
We found this brand-new sectional on Offer Up for $600 with delivery. Insert Happy Dance here. While it’s not my dream sofa, it’s sturdy, comfy AND has waterproof fabric protection. For a family room? Yes, please.
A Departure from the Plan
Lots of things changed during the course of decorating this family room.
The original coffee table I ordered looked fantastic but turned out to be extremely poor quality. Back to the Overstock, it went. The den design needed to function so the coffee table couldn’t be glass and HAD to be durable. I had to do a bit of convincing to get these leather-clad round tables because the hubby didn’t like them initially. But they work in the room.
The TV Wall Decor
Now this is a family room so a TV was a must. I found this modern wood, marble and brass console . Storage here is clutch because it hides all the cords and clutter from the play station, board games and extra décor.
The shelving I originally wanted ended up going out of stock and I had to find a different solution. While I could have gone with a hack of these Ikea shelves, my aim was to keep the vibe of the den as casual as possible. And glass is NOT casual. So, I hunted until I found something with wood. A little spray paint later and I manufactured these shelves. Sooo glad I pushed for wood.
I also ordered my original mood board rug from Overstock. And it was big, pretty, and CHEAP. BUT my hubby kept saying it was a little light in color. And If I’m honest, the pattern from the rug, the TV console, and the curtains were just fighting each other. I flipped the room to try to compensate. However, once I switched to this 9×12 Ombre Navy rug the entire room took on a glam feel that made my heart sing. It’s plush and soft and the subtle pattern that keeps it from looking flat.
My family photo gallery didn’t work out exactly how I envisioned it, but I’m happy. They’re topped with sconces I snagged for under $10 each on flash sale. They’re for show only since this is a rental. I could have done the light trick but I liked the look of the glass bulb as is.
By that time the outside had begun to open up and I could shop again. This mirror was a MAJOR score on my first trip back to Home Goods.
The standing planters were one of my first purchases from At Home when we regained some freedom.
I purchased the artwork above from Etsy, got it printed in matte at Office Depot and DIY’d a frame intending to put it on Hale Navy blue wall. Unhappy with the scale, I took an impromptu trip to World Market and fell in love with this print on glass above the sofa.
It dawned a beautiful black and gold frame that didn’t jive with the wall, so I had to get it custom framed.
Be warned. I had to be a woman about that. Custom frame cost $$$.
A few trips to the thrift store, Ross and my décor stash and I’m an extremely happy girl.
This room looks NOTHING like I originally envisioned. And I am GLAD about it. I wake up happy every day. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my blue and white (and burgandy) family room.